World's leading art auction house Christie's has made its maiden appearance in the city auctioning 26 paintings of senior artists and youngsters for charity.
The proceeds, which touched Rs one, crore would go to the cause of Kolkata Museum of Modern Art, Kolkata International Foundation for Art, Literature and Culture and the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.
The highest price, Rs eight lakh, was paid for a Paritosh Sen painting, 'Shadow on the wall'.
The city's glitterati, including captains of industry and the diplomatic corps, was present during the auction, held on the centenary of the elite Calcutta Club last night. Painters Jogen Chowdhury whose two works were auctioned and Sunil Das also participated.
Christie's India representative Ganieve Grewal told PTI that the auction house was thrilled to be in the city, the 'Mecca of art' in India.
Grewal, who herself conducted the auctioning, said there was a great demand for works of Jogen Chowdhury and Paritosh Sen in Europe and the USA and also for younger artists like Sudhir Gupta and Hemen Upaddhya.
"There was an abiding interest in the Bengal School of art specially for the works of the Tagores -- Rabindranath and Abanindranath -- Jamini Roy and Nandalal Bose," she said.